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Virginia Tech Helps Working Professionals Advance Their Careers in Tech

No matter what industry you work in, technology is constantly changing. Companies are searching for candidates with new skillsets and experience with emerging technologies.

At Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station, an administrative team manages more than 600 online graduate students looking to develop new skills and fill gaps on their resume.

Virginia Tech developed its #2 nationally-ranked Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT) in 1999 in response to a request by the Commonwealth of Virginia to help meet the growing demand for employees in the information technology field.

Since then, the 100% online program has kept pace with changes in technology, in both course delivery and course options.

Working professionals from across the country are taking the online courses at their own pace and designing a degree that works for their individual goals, whether they are a seasoned IT professional or looking to shift into a tech career.

VT-MIT currently offers 11 areas of specialization, including Analytics and Business Intelligence, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology and Software Development.

The program also offers six Graduate Certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.

VT-MIT plans to continue adding new courses and Graduate Certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

In 2010, Virginia Tech launched the Hume Center to lead the university’s research and experiential learning programs in national security. The center now has a research facility in Ballston.

Just this past summer, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Virginia Tech will lead its $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology Program, visit www.vtmit.vt.edu or sign up for an upcoming information session.

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Here’s What Professionals Can Do to Keep up with the Changing Job Market

There used to be a widely accepted formula for career success: earn a college degree, land a job and work your way up.

That’s still good advice, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. And that’s because today’s professionals, college-educated or not, are encountering a new age of job disruption that is perhaps more radical than anything before.

So what does this mean for today’s professionals?

In a world where competencies are becoming obsolete, adaptability helps you stay competitive. That means being able to regularly respond to and anticipate change by building upon existing knowledge, as well as expanding it to new areas.

“Education isn’t something that stops,” said Dr. Annie Green, a faculty member for the Artificial Intelligence Management Certificate at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. “It continues. Just like the continuous improvement of an organization, it’s the continuous improvement of a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities.”

More and more professionals today are adopting this “continuous learning” mentality. A smaller commitment, certificate programs offer an accelerated way for professionals to stay relevant. And the higher education world is responding to these shifting demands by making certificates more accessible. Today’s certificates are as varied as the needs of the professionals who earn them.

Take Moe Tun, an engineer who earned a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy. Cybersecurity impacts many aspects of Tun’s job, so he assembled the information he learned into a framework, similar to those his team members use to process complex technical information outside their areas of expertise. Earning a certificate in a new subject helped him adapt to evolving technologies.

No matter the industry, motivation, or career level, one thing is clear: maintaining the status quo doesn’t cut it anymore. Today’s professionals must adapt, embrace uncharted territory, and create new ways forward — wherever they may lead.

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TechSpace Opens New Ballston Quarter Location

TechSpace, a national shared office space and coworking operator with offices across the US, recently opened a new location in the Ballston quarter.

TechSpace provides elegant, private office space environments that allow businesses to create their own cultures and identities while leveraging communal experiences to enhance the well-being of employees.

“Our goal has always been to provide this type of office space solution to companies with multiple employees from any industry,” said Vic Memenas, CEO at TechSpace. “Our spaces are populated with companies from tech, media, finance, healthcare, fashion, government and run the gamut from start-ups to local & regional firms to national, enterprise corporate users. Businesses come to TechSpace for ease of use, flexibility and a great customer experience, which is inherent to our TechSpace DNA.”

When building out new campuses, the goal is to never design and deliver “cookie-cutter” spaces. TechSpace feels differentiation is important in order to capture the local goodness of each location and geographic region.

This started by providing great space aimed at solving the real estate leasing problem for small businesses but has evolved by adding specific design nuances, whether they be uniquely sized offices and suites along with an increased focus on certain types of amenities that augment the experience for each user.

“Having more open and collaborative designs blended with a focus on hospitality and flexible workspace configurations, combined with shorter terms, increased flexibility and the simplification of burdensome leases better align with today’s market demands,” said Memenas.

Each TechSpace location is unique unto itself with a distinct design, but every location provides companies their own branded and dedicated space, a technology platform that delivers secure user connectivity for maximum productivity all delivered by TechSpace team members focused on providing the best service to our customers.

Memenas said, “Our D.C. location is a great example of this as our spaces there are designed for companies seeking privacy and security — which are critical components for companies who do business in this market.” View a 360 degree tour of the campus.

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Technology Classes for Older Adults at Arlington Independent Media

Technology is everywhere but older adults are often on the sidelines when it comes to using computers, tablets, smartphones and the internet. Arlington Independent Media’s Technology Classes for Older Adults hopes to change that.

In relaxed and fun workshops, AIM’s classes clearly explain today’s most common communication technologies. Computers, smartphones, social media, photography and the internet are among the areas covered in these informative and low cost workshops. All workshops are held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arlington Independent Media’s facility in Clarendon.

Basic Internet Literacy — Wednesday, September 26
Cost: $40.00

Whether you are new to computers or have been using them for years, our Basic Internet Literacy class will help older adults surf the internet safely and with confidence. Participants will learn the basics of web browsers, how search works, and how to create safe user names and passwords.

Smartphone Basics — Wednesday, October 3
Cost: $40.00

Designed specifically for older adults, this one-session workshop starts at the basics and teaches participants how to get the most from their smartphones.

Smartphone Photography — Wednesdays, October 10 & 17
Cost $80.00

This hands-on, two-week workshop will demystify smartphone cameras and teach participants how to create great pictures with them. Older adults will learn photo basics, picture composition, free photo apps, image editing and more.

Social Media — Wednesdays, October 24 & 31
Cost $80.00

This two-week class will provide an in-depth examination of the most popular social media platforms and help participants create a safe and secure on-line presence. Creating profiles, finding friends and family, privacy settings, on-line safety and how to avoid scams and fake news are among the topics covered in this fun workshop.

For more information or to enroll contact Jackie Steven at 703-524-2388 or visit www.ArlingtonMedia.org.

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Listing of the Day: 3106 N. Glebe Road

Address: 3106 N. Glebe Road
Neighborhood: Country Club Park
Listed: $1,425,000

You’ll love this meticulously designed craftsman style home.

Located across from Washington Golf and Country Club, this home has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms on 3 levels with almost 5,000 square feet of living space.

The beautiful custom kitchen includes expansive Carrera marble countertops, one of a kind walnut live edge bar top, built-in banquette, 48″ Wolf Range and double outswing French doors leading to an outdoor sanctuary.

Custom touches throughout this exquisite home include extra wide plank white oak hardwood floors, large pantry with 166-bottle wine fridge, barn doors, reclaimed beam mantels over wood burning fireplaces and master suite with spa worthy bath.

Formal living room and formal dining room along with first floor bedroom with en suite bath on the mail level. The second floor offers four bedrooms with upper level living room. There is also a private entrance on the lower level with bedroom, full bath, and bar area.

Built-in speakers are located in the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom/bathroom and theatre room. The exterior of the home features a paver patio, fire pit, flat and fully fenced yard and a two car garage.

Extensive privacy landscaping, an exterior security camera system, automated sprinkler systems and landscape lighting complete the front and back yards.

Listed by:
Billy Buck
Buck and Associates
703-524-9000
[email protected]
https://www.billybuck.com/

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Don’t Miss Your Only Chance to Own at The Yards

At The Bower, you’ll never run out of things to do and explore. Eclectic dining, live music, nights at the ball game, vibrant community events — it’s all here at The Yards, waiting to welcome you home.

Dine at local hot spots including Chloe, District Winery and Osteria Morini. Shop local favorites from Steadfast Supply to Willow and stock up on the essentials at Harris Teeter located just one block away from The Bower.

With a buzzing nightlife, a humming social scene, outdoor concerts, the riverfront and more — it’s a city within a city, a world within a world and, for those buying a condo in D.C., it’s the place to find everything you need.

The Bower offers a variety of layouts to suit your lifestyle, including spacious two-bedrooms as well as studios to penthouses. These thoughtfully designed condos feature 9′ ceilings, wide-plank hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling glass, Bosch electric appliances and Italian cabinetry.

The Bower includes inviting community spaces from a rooftop residents’ lounge and terrace with wet bar and wine storage to a fitness studio. With the ideal mix of energy, convenience and style, The Bower is the perfect transition from the energy of The Yards to the peace of home.

With over 50% of residences sold at The Bower. Now is your opportunity to call The Yards home. To learn more visit thebowerdc.com or call 202-869-5233 Sales by PN Hoffman Realty.

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Listing of the Day: Floorplan 1.1B at Del Ray Place

Address: 1800 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22301
Neighborhood: Del Ray
Listed: $384,900
Open: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stylish, modern condominium floor-plan 1.1B at Del Ray Place comes with 630 square feet, 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. It’s accessible location in Alexandria is unbeatable! The residence also offers secure garage parking.

Designed with comfort and convenience in mind, this residence has large, open spaces and is equipped with energy-efficient and Smart Home features that make life easier. Voice-enabled automation is powered by Amazon Alexa and allows ultimate control over your condo, including home security and a programmable thermostat.

The private owner’s suite offers a luxurious en-suite bath and ample storage space. A spacious kitchen features contemporary Shaker-style cabinetry, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.

A balcony provides outdoor living space and beautiful views of the Del Ray neighborhood.

Just a 25-minute drive to downtown D.C. and a 9-minute drive to Old Town Alexandria. Shopping, dining, entertainment and more are all walking distance away in Alexandria.

Listed by:
Hillary Curtin
McWilliams|Ballard
571-388-3000
[email protected]
https://www.delrayva.com/

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Elite Dental Spotlight: Hygienists Chelsea & Sabrina

It’s not very common to speak to a friend/co-worker or family member who is excited about their dental visits, unless you’re talking to an Elite Dental patient.

What’s the difference? Elite Dental’s team was hand-selected based on dental knowledge, skills and personality. Their hygienists, for example have each been with the office for years. Patients repeatedly say they have never had a better dental cleaning!

Read on below to learn more about our amazing hygienists as they give answers to some of their patients most commonly asked questions.

Chelsea Fiorese

Chelsea has been a hygienist at Elite Dental for six years. She grew up in the Fairfax area and attended Old Dominion University. After school, she spent two years working in Virginia Beach focusing on periodontics.

Chelsea relocated to Northern Virginia, and joined the Elite Dental team. She enjoys helping her amazing patients to improve their oral health.

Sabrina Seldal

Sabrina also works as a hygienist at Elite Dental. She’s been with the team since the very beginning, when the practice first opened ten years ago. She’s passionate about hygiene and enjoys cleaning teeth and seeing Elite’s longtime patients.

Outside of work, she spends time promoting oral health. Her volunteer work has taken her to schools, local clinics, and on mission trips to Nicaragua. She motivates her patients to take care of their oral health, and enjoys seeing their improvements over time.

Q&A:

What type of floss is best?:
“We love dental tape because it is super thick and doesn’t allow bacteria and plaque to ‘glide’ right off of it.”

Should I use Listerine?:
“We love flossing and brushing in this office. It is great to use an ACT mouth rinse or Listerine with zero alcohol and fluoride, but purely for the benefits of fluoride. Mouth rinse is definitely not a ‘magic-bullet’ for getting rid of plaque like flossing/brushing.”

What is your favorite toothbrush?:
Chelsea: “I love the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes. They are great because they plug in so you don’t have to use batteries, and they have a two-minute timer (which is how long you should be brushing – at least!!).”

Do you recommend an electric toothbrush?:
Sabrina: “Yes, definitely! I like the Oral B Braun or Sonicare Plaque 2 Series. The technology and 2-minute timer are key and have helped so many patients improve their overall oral health. My patients thank me all the time for the recommendation!”

My teeth are crowded, but why does that impact my gum health?:
“Orthodontics is very important for many reasons outside of esthetics. When a person’s bite is correct and their teeth are straight, they have less of a chance of developing periodontal disease (gum inflammation and tissue loss) because it’s so much easier to keep the teeth clean.”

Call 703-988-6963 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment – Mention ARLnow and receive a free tooth-whitening kit!

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Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead, But You Can — Prepare Now

The average warning time for a tornado is 13 minutes. Would you be able to get your family to safety in 13 minutes? Would more time help?

The National Weather Service issues weather Watches when the potential for a weather incident exists, but how would you find out?

Be informed by signing up for Arlington Alert, the emergency notification system in Arlington County. It’s more than just notifications during major emergencies; you can also choose to receive alerts for weather, traffic closures and severe transit delays.

Currently, there are 25,763 people signed up for Arlington Alert; that’s less than 10% of the Arlington County population. Of those people, only 4,769 opted in to receive Flash Flood Warnings. These types of floods happen quickly, and have been happening in our area recently.

Would you be ready if that happened right now?

By Staying Aware, You Are Better Prepared!

September is National Preparedness Month and we challenge you to do one thing each week to get you and your family prepared.

  • Week 1: Sept 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan
  • Week 2: Sept 9-15 Learn Life Saving Skills
  • Week 3: Sept 16-22 Check Your Insurance Coverage
  • Week 4: Sept 23-29 Save For an Emergency

Make an emergency plan and talk to your kids about it.

Make sure they know how to contact you or where your meeting location is if there is a fire in your home.

Learn first aid or sign up for ‘Until Help Arrives’, our hands-on training with the Arlington County Fire Department that teaches participants how to help until first responders arrive. Get an insurance check-up and set aside funds for an emergency.

Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. Prepare now!

Sign up for emergency notifications at ArlingtonAlert.com and follow us @ReadyArlington on Facebook and Twitter.

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Raise Your Glass at the Inaugural Crystal City Oktoberfest

Despite temperatures still pushing 90 degrees, cooler weather, changing colors and pumpkin spice everything are on the way.

This year, Crystal City welcomes the fall season with the inaugural Crystal City Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 29.

More than 1,000 beer enthusiasts are expected to attend this event — which coincides with the middle weekend of the real Oktoberfest in Munich. Attendees will enjoy 100 craft beers and ciders from 50 regional, national and international brewing companies, as well as live music and food from a variety of local food trucks and food vendors.

“I’m super excited for the upcoming Crystal City Oktoberfest!” says Charlie Adler, Founder of TasteUSA, the company bringing Oktoberfest to Arlington, “I’ve always loved this time of year with the cooling weather, craft beer and other German “oompah” celebrations, but when I heard that the Shirlington Oktoberfest had been cancelled, I knew that I wanted to continue the tradition. After seeing all the great events and fun energy in Crystal City right now, the decision to bring the Festival there was a no-brainer!”

Adler and TasteUSA have been organizing events in the area since 1997 including the creation of the Chesapeake Oyster and Wine Fest and taking on management of the Virginia Wine Festival, now in its 43rd year. The Crystal City Business Improvement District in partnership with JBG SMITH is sponsoring the event.

“We are thrilled to host an event that celebrates the outstanding local craft beer scene in Virginia and D.C.,” says Tracy Gabriel, Executive Director and President of the Crystal City Business Improvement District. “We’ve always found creative ways to repurpose parking in Crystal City, and this time we’re converting a parking lot into a biergarten to bring great beer, live music and outdoor fun to the area!”

Participating breweries include Blue Mountain Brewery, Caboose Brewing Company, South Street Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery, with more to come. Wine and cideries, including Bold Rock Hard Cider, will also be available for those non-beer drinkers in the crowd.

In addition to drink and food, attendees will be able to enjoy live entertainment and visit unique vendors, like the Arlington Psychic.

General Admission tickets are $30 in advance and include admission to the festival and 10 tasting tickets. VIP tickets are also available for $50 in advance and include 1-hour early admission, 15 tasting tickets, and a private tent with bathrooms. The first 500 VIP guests will also receive a Crystal City tasting glass.

Event: Crystal City Oktoberfest
Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 12-6 p.m. (VIP: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Location: The Lot at 220 20th Street S. (two blocks from the Crystal City Metro Station)
Tickets: General Admission: $30 in advance, $45 at the door, VIP: $50 in advance, $65 at the door

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Stop Stressing About Your Car

Every car owner has a horror story about hours wasted at a dealership or car wash only to be left disappointed, stressed and frustrated.

Getting your car cleaned or serviced can be inconvenient and time consuming. “When you work in Arlington and your dealership is in Rockville that check engine light is going to cost you a whole day,” says Carvoodoo founder Pierce Boisclair. “Similarly, If you work demanding hours and car washes are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. you’re forced to go on the weekends when they’re slammed. There needed to be better way to make car maintenance and cleaning more convenient for customers. So, we created one.”

Carvoodoo provides vehicle cleaning and maintenance delivered at the click of a button. It is a convenient, transparent and friendly vehicle concierge service that deals with the hassles of car ownership, so you don’t have to. Carvoodoo’s mission is to make sure you never have to visit a car wash, dealership or service station again.

To use the service, customers login into their personalized account at carvoodoo.com, choose the service they want and a pick-up time and location. Carvoodoo handles the rest.

Their crew members make the appointments, pick up the vehicle, take it to be serviced, check the work and keep you updated on your vehicle’s status. When the work is complete, a crew member returns it to the location of your choosing. All you have to do is hand over and collect the keys. It’s that simple. They also provide subscription services for customers who want routine cleaning and maintenance.

Book now and get 15% off your first order with promo code ARLNOW15

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Add More Fun To Your Week & Meet New People This Fall with DC Fray

DC Fray has 130+ leagues across 15+ sports in 20+ neighborhoods this Fall so you can find the perfect league for you.

No team is needed to sign up. This is your excuse to go out on a week night, make new friends and enjoy happy hours with your teammates. Leagues are selling out and registration closes soon, so don’t wait to sign up! Join as an individual, small group or full team at dcfray.com/leagues.

PLUS *get lit* with GLOW Sports! Light up the field at dcfray.com/glow.

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Setting the Pace of Global Education in Northern Virginia

What does it mean to prepare students to succeed in any challenge?

One revolutionary school in Northern Virginia sets out to answer this question through their comprehensive liberal arts and sciences program, which is benchmarked to the best educational systems in the world.

BASIS Independent McLean, a PreK-12 private school located in Tysons Corner, focuses on preparing students with the content knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for success in an ever-changing world.

The Northern Virginia campus was opened in 2016 and is part of the lauded BASIS Curriculum Schools network, which includes six out the 10 top-ranked schools in the country, according to U.S News & World Report.

Centered on the belief that students can do more than what is typically expected of them, BASIS Independent McLean challenges students to reach the highest international levels and holds them accountable for mastering a wide breadth of subject material.

Each discipline is taught by passionate subject experts who have professional expertise or advanced degrees in their chosen field, and who help students become excellent problem solvers poised to confidently tackle whatever comes their way.

“Our school really stretches students’ expectations and requires them to strive for achievements that they previously didn’t think they could achieve,” says Mr. Sharp, English Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Independent McLean.

In just two years as an established learning community, the school has already made an impact on the educational landscape, winning two state MATHCOUNTS competitions and participating in various national and state events, including the Washington National Youth Music Competition, Model UN and National History Bowl, just to name a few!

Register for an information session on September 29 to learn more about the world-acclaimed program and unparalleled learning culture at BASIS Independent McLean.

Applications are open for fall 2019. Visit our website for more details.

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Listing of the Day: 2829 1st Road N.

Address: 2829 1st Road N.
Neighborhood: Lyon Park
Listed: $1,375,000
Open: Sunday, August 26 from 1-4 p.m.

Live simply and beautifully in this remarkable new construction Lyon Park modern gem.

Tradition Homes, exceptional craftsmanship and architecture is evident in every detail, from the gorgeous white oak floors to the large windows through which natural light pours in. The stunning kitchen has cascading quartz countertops, top of the line finishes and gas cooking.

The second floor has two luxurious en-suite bedrooms including the owner’s bedroom. The third floor has a guest bedroom and bath, a loft area for entertaining and rooftop deck with incredible views!

The tree lined streets of this beautiful neighborhood provide the sense of place you have been looking for. Easy access to public transportation and uncommon walkability.

You will love the low-maintenance, sophisticated, simple lifestyle this home offers.

Listed by:
Theresa Sullivan Twiford
Advon Real Estate
307-413-2872
[email protected]
https://advonre.com
http://builtbytradition.com

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Listing of the Day: 2805 7th Street N.

Address: 2805 7th Street N.
Neighborhood: Lyon Park
Listed: $1,675,000
Open: Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 from 2-4 p.m.

A Farmhouse Jewel in the Heart of Lyon Park

This classic 1920 foursquare is a perfect blend of old and new. It is an impeccably renovated four-bedroom, four-bath farmhouse with a striking modern glass and stucco addition.

This sophisticated gem is within walking distance to the Metro, parks, playgrounds and the urban village of Clarendon.

The home delivers all the character and warmth of yesteryear along with all the modern amenities of today’s lifestyle. Enjoy the sun drenched family room with a gas fireplace off the gourmet kitchen, featuring a large center island with granite counters and high-end stainless-steel appliances.

Or venture out to the private landscaped courtyard and bluestone patio for your morning coffee. The gracious dining and living rooms on the main level are perfect for entertaining family and friends.

Upstairs the home offers four bedrooms with heart of pine flooring and modern bathrooms. The spacious master suite includes a private balcony, walk-in closet and beautifully updated en-suite.

All of this on a quiet tree-lined street, a few blocks from urban amenities. The icing on the cake: an old fashioned wrap around veranda surrounded by landscaped grounds, ideal for snuggling up with a good book.

Listed by:
Natalie U. Roy
Keller Williams Realty-Arlington
Office: 703-224-6000
Cell: 703-819-4915
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.bicyclingrealty.com

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